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Clare records 22 new cases of COVID-19

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22 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Co Clare as the county continues to have the fourth highest incidence rate in the country.

On Wednesday evening, the Department of Health confirmed that five more people in the Republic of Ireland had died from Coronavirus. A total of 1,835 persons have died from the virus since March.

An additional 1,095 cases of COVID-19 have been alerted to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), 22 of which are in Co Clare. 246 are in in Dublin, 185 in Meath,128 in Cavan, 118 in Cork, 63 in Kildare and the remaining 320 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

Presently, 232 individuals are receiving treatment in Irish hospitals for the virus, 30 of which are ICU.

As of 2pm today 232 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 9 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Clare has the fourth highest incidence rate per 100,000 of population up until Monday night at 307.2.

“Today, we again report a daily new confirmed case figure over 1,000. This situation is extremely concerning. Every single one of us has a role to play. We each need to reduce contact with other people as much as possible, so that means staying at home, working from home where possible, practicing physical distancing and stopping discretionary socialising,” Dr Tony Holohan stated.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn added, “People must now make choices. Stop meeting up in groups, stop socialising, stop organising play dates, parties and other social activities. People must recognise that the disease is a direct threat to themselves and their families. Now is the time for each of us to act”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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